Despite a rare mid-April freeze, tobacco planting got going in earnest in much of the Tobacco Belt later that month.
Production estimate suggest it would not be the sharply reduced crop that had been expected by many.
Some of the loss in production was due to a decline in plantings last spring. But the main explanation for the dismal performance was very low yields for the two leading types — burley and flue-cured &mdash...
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There has been a particular problem the last few years with mechanically harvested flue-cured.
USDA projected that tobacco acreage of all types this year will be down nine percent from 2014 at 345,280 acres.
After the federal tobacco program ended and anyone could plant any type of tobacco anywhere, there was speculation burley tobacco—the cigarette type grown primarily in Kentucky and Tennessee—might spread...